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  1. hiro

    Tritium Pro sights

    That new rear sight! I can rack the slide off the edge of my pocket on my jeans! I had to file the front edge a little because it tended to catch on my hands as I let the slide snap forward. Less so with with the pew turned 90 degrees. Seems good now. Cleaner, more defined rear sight image and a nice glow in low light. The front sight glow is larger and brighter, and the white ring stands out as well as the original sight.
  2. Anyone use these sights? I just ordered a set for my SR9c. The rear sight on the SR9c just doesn't work for us. Plus, the TruGlo rear sight enables one-handed slide racking and who doesn't like some radioactivity? I was going to try a fiber optic front sight and just black out the rear dots, but I figure the TruGlo sights might be better for a defensive carry gun? Found this photo in a review.
  3. hiro

    Tritium Pro sights

    How about just having a flash light in your other hand? That would illuminate your sights and your target and allow you to scan a room without sweeping it with the gun. Could also have a light, laser, or combo on the gun itself. One person used a scope mount to clamp a regular flash light onto the rail.
  4. hiro

    Tritium Pro sights

    In daylight, a dark rear sight and a bright front sight is supposed to be quicker to put on target. Here's an example. Probably just Sharpie'ed rear dots. From what I've read, competition shooters like that arrangement. It also automatically places more emphasis on the front sight which everyone preaches. My problem is, the narrow rear slot and the small dots fuzz out. The white fuzz of the dots make the inner edges disappear. I can still see the outer edges, but elevation is hard to judge because only the inner part is adjusted for elevation. The stock front sight is great, but maybe less so in a low-light defensive situation. My wife was shooting the SR9c high and she admitted not noticing the rear sight during aiming. When she made a point to find the rear sight, the shots came down. I'm not sure if blacking out the rear sight or maybe going with more visible rear sight would be better for her. I know she liked the front fiber optic in the shop and so I was considering full fiber optics. But we need to keep in mind that this is a defensive carry pistol. (Time for a range pew!) I fount that I aim better using the large 3 dots on the Shield M2.0. At the same time, my focus ends up shifting between the front and rear sights, which isn't ideal, I guess. I'm not willing to test if blacking out the rear dots will help in that case. Maybe I just need good glasses!
  5. hiro

    Tritium Pro sights

    TruGlo is just the brand. Tritium is the radioactive stuff that glows. My wife did this using the built-in laser on our Shield M2.0. A laser will not help it total darkness, of course, but in some light and given enough time to activate the laser, it will definitely help with quick shots. The built-in laser has a strobe and steady mode and didn't add much to the price. Maybe $20 more retail.
  6. Question: Should I bother to give up my gun for however long and mail it to S&W, or should I just try to fix the problems myself? I contacted S&W about the 7-round mag for my Shield not clicking in when fully loaded without the slide being locked back first. I also mentioned that the rear sight is not centered and that the manual states that the rear sight is not adjustable. It's also hitting left, which matches the rear sight alignment. They responded by offering a pre-paid label for me to ship the gun and the mag for inspection, but didn't say anything in regard to the issues. They also pointed out that if the problems don't qualify as warranty issues, they would bill me. Not sure if it's worth the trouble. I'm pretty sure the spring in the magazine is too long for the 7-round mag. It's the same length and physical weight as the ones in the 8-round mags. The 8-round mags click in without a struggle. I mean, I could just cut a coil off the spring.
  7. I think I messed with it too much to send it in for the original reasons, and I'm getting better at using a hammer and punch (brass bolt) to move the sights. The front sight on the Ruger moved very easy. Not sure about the Shield yet. The rear sights on both put up a fight!
  8. My crude work bench. haha
  9. Out of these, which would you choose to concealed carry? (I'm looking to have either a grip safety OR a thumb safety.) 9mm: Springfield XD-S Springfield XD-S Mod.2 M&P Shield M&P Shield M2.0 .380: Ruger LC380 M&P Shield EZ The ease of racking the slide is of some concern. For reference, we liked the Sig P238 .380 for shootability and size, but not for features and price. The Shield EZ for shootability, but I think it's a little big and for some reason it didn't fire the last round, but I'd still consider it if the wife really likes it. Hated the Glock 42's trigger, grip angle, and slide release which would rub against my hand. The LCP II had very harsh recoil and would only shoot in an emergency! Never shot an XD-S, but it seems interesting and I like the design of the grip safety. Also like having the mag release on both sides. And, until the end of the year, there is a deal to get 3 extra mags and a range bag for free. We tried a larger M&P 9mm, one with a huge thumb safety on it, which I didn't like. I think I'm more accurate with the larger M&P than my SR9c. (Still not sighted in, but closer.) I'm a little concerned about the small thumb safety on the M&P Shield, but I'd still want it as an option...I think. The safety on the LC380 is probably more of what I would want.
  10. hiro

    2nd gun out of these?

    Saw a deal for the original Shield with 4 mags and night sights for $300.
  11. Anyone know how to program one of these target hanger controller things? One or twice I accidentally got it to move towards me, so I just shot it twice. haha I'd like to do more of that.
  12. Wife shot this at 7.5 yards. I guess it's pretty good now. I'd like to shoot it from a rest still.
  13. Moved the rear sight using a 5/16" x 3" brass bolt and tweaked it with a sight pusher. Photos don't show it as well, but I can see it. Went maybe a hair too far, but now I know the sight pusher can move it a little. The spring I was about to cut, but I tried a temporary test by wrapping the last coil around itself. Now the 7-round mag seats just about the same as the 8-round mag as it should.
  14. Now they're saying I could ship the mag, too. heh I wonder if they were even reading the messages before. Not going to bother.
  15. Yeah, I'll probably use a brass bolt or punch to kick the rear sight into alignment. It's only a tiny fraction of an inch off. S&W sent me a shipping label, but stated to only include the firearm. Also, that they will be shut down for 2 weeks during December. Normally turn-around might be 7-10 days. Not worth it considering one of the problems is just the 7-round magazine. They won't confirm if either is a warranty issue or not until they look at it. I'm able to move the rear sight on my Ruger using a sight pusher, but after using a sight pusher I think a hammer and punch is probably the more versatile and cost-effective solution. I just hesitated to do that the first time working on sights. Plus, or more accurately, minus, I don't have a bunch vise anymore, so that was an obstacle. I am planning to replace the front sight on the Ruger with a fiber optic one, so I'll need tools anyway. I'm thinking about getting a cheap drill press vise like this:
  16. hiro

    Sig p365

    A friend of mine mentioned the tendency to ride the slide release, which might explain the slide not locking back. Did you only have one mag to work with? Maybe it was the mag?
  17. My sight does have the hex screw. Technically, the sight can be moved a little. There is a spring on the right side for the striker blocker which is probably why S&W doesn't want the sight moved much. The manual recommends moving the front sight if needed. The thing is, if the rear sight were centered properly, the front sight probably wouldn't need to be moved at all. My sight pusher won't work well with this type of sight. I did pick up a brass bolt to try to use as a punch to kick the sight a little, but I thought I should check with S&W first. (Not my sight in the photo.) Some people report that that sight is extremely hard to move so I haven't been in a hurry to try. Plus, I don't have a vise right now. I'd have to clamp the slide to the steps in my garage. heh
  18. hiro

    How many magazines?

    For me, three or four mags for each seems like a good start. Enough for the range, to carry, to have at home, or to use in training or competition like IDPA. I don't do all that yet. heh
  19. hiro

    Sig p365

    Being a small pew, did you make sure your thumb wasn't rubbing against the slide? Might cause cycling problems. Being new probably isn't working in its favour either.
  20. hiro

    Ammo Deals.

    I heard of feed problems with flat nosed target ammo. As far as shorter barrel pistols like a small .380, I've been hearing that XTP rounds are better. For our still kinda short 9mm 3.1" and 3.4" barrel pistols, we have a box of FTX. I choose Critical Defense because of the description that it penetrates a little less and is more likely to expand than open hollow points. I'd prefer lower barrier penetration and human pass-through.
  21. hiro

    Ammo Deals.

    Is Blazer Brass Black good? There is a $20 rebate on it right now, up to $100, and Academy has it on sale. It's $85 for 500 rounds of 9mm before rebate and tax. Free shipping. For me with 7% tax that works out to 14.19 cents per round if my maths is correct. Other calibers are $80 for 300-350 rounds. Also noticed Hornady Critical Defense 9mm for $17. https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/blazer-brass-black-pack-9mm-luger-115-grain-centerfire-pistol-ammunition https://www.academy.com/content/dam/academysports/rebates/OT1103_BlackPackBucks_Promo_Coupon_Print_f.pdf https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/hornady-critical-defense®-9-mm-luger-115-grain-handgun-ammunition
  22. hiro

    Who has edc experience with LCP?

    Minimalist pocket carry?
  23. hiro

    2nd gun out of these?

    My photos come out too huge! The Shield M2.0 was /excellent/ to shoot! Hitting to the left though, probably due to that rear sight. Elevation was good at the only distances that I was shooting at, which was 7-10 yards, I think. For some reason the Shield was stinging my wife's trigger finger and pinky a little. She said she thought it was better if she held the trigger back after the shot. She was killing* it with the SR9c though. I mean, I was impressed. I'd happily shoot the Shield the whole time anyway, although it seemed to have a longer trigger reset compared to the Ruger. Not a problem. *No actual harm or death occurred.
  24. hiro

    2nd gun out of these?

    gunprime.com Shipped quick and provided excellent tracking. No extra fees.
  25. hiro

    2nd gun out of these?

    Picked up the Shield M2.0. Planning to shoot it tomorrow or the day after. I added the Hogue grip immediately. It adds a little palm swell and feels much better in the hand. The 3rd mag is a factory original for the older Shield. I needed to sand the spacer a little to get it to seat as easily as the M2.0 mags. The light is nice, but the knife doesn't seem useful as a defensive tool at all. Doesn't matter. I can see that the rear site isn't centered and the manual states that it isn't adjustable?
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